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Delegates from the National Association for Advancement of Colored People branches across Texas will converge on Killeen beginning Thursday for their 80th annual state conference.

The conference runs through Saturday, and features an economic development summit Thursday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free and open to the public, a job fair and workshops on payday lending, home ownership and other topics will offer those in attendance valuable information.

The conference will offer a free community health fair both Friday and Saturday at the Central Texas College’s Mayborn Science Theater, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A variety of workshops will be held at the Mayborn Science Theater, as well. These sessions are also free and open to the public.

The president’s luncheon on Friday and the Texas Heroes Banquet Saturday evening are open to the public with the purchase of a ticket. The meals will be held at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

A highlight of the president’s luncheon will be speaker Will Guzman. He also serves as director of the Lee H. Hagan Africana Studies Center at New Jersey City University.

Derrick Johnson will be the speaker for Saturday’s Texas Heroes Banquet. Johnson is the interim CEO/President of the NAACP, having been appointed in July.

Derrick Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as state president for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. Born in Detroit, Johnson attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss. He then earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

“It’s very powerful and exciting” having Johnson at the conference, said TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, committee member for the Killeen NAACP branch.

For those who wish to attend the luncheon, the cost is $45. The cost of the banquet is $60. Tickets can be purchased by contacting TaNeika Driver-Moultrie at 254-338-1562.

NAACP 80th Texas State Conference | Events open to the public

Oct. 12

10 a.m.-3 p.m: Economic Development Summit (Killeen Civic and Conference Center) — Free

11 a.m.-3 p.m: Ministers Roundtable Luncheon (Shilo Inn and Suites) — Ticket required

Oct. 13

10 a.m.-2 p.m: Community Health Fair (CTC Planetarium lobby) — Free

10:15 a.m: Fighting and Avoiding Discrimination in Public Schools, Particularly Regarding Discipline — Free

10:15 a.m: NAACP Criminal Justice Agenda (CTC Planetarium)

12:15 p.m: President’s Luncheon — Ticketed event

2 p.m: NAACP Economic Development Agenda — Free

3:30 p.m: FEMA Red Cross and Rebuilding — Free

3:30 p.m: Understanding How to Combat Housing Discrimination to improve your community — Free

Oct. 14

7 a.m: 8 mile Major Taylor bike ride (starts at Shilo Inn and Suites) — Need to reserve a bike free at

10 a.m.-2 p.m: Community Health Fair — Free

10:30 a.m: Wells Fargo home buying initiative - 100% loans available to vets — Free

12 p.m.: Juanita Craft Youth Luncheon — ticketed event

1:30 p.m. NAACP Environmental Agenda — Free

3 p.m: Police Stops: Should it be integrated into middle and high school curriculum — Free

3 p.m: Religious obligations to address civil rights health care and Hurricane Harvey — Free

7:15 p.m: Texas Heroes Banquet (Killeen Conference and Civic Center) — Ticketed event

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